TEN GREAT HEALTHY BRAIN TIPS!
Preserving our brains as we age is one of the best forms of life insurance to help us enjoy our later years. All the most effective prevention tips are simple sensible lifestyle choices.
Tip #1: Enjoy Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil daily. Its unique Medium Chain Tryglycerides (MCTs) content helps produce ketones, an alternative source of energy for brain cells.
Tip #2: Watch Your Sugar Intake! Alzheimer’s is becoming known in part as the diabetes of the brain. Overconsumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars causes insulin insensitivity to occur, ultimately reducing the uptake of your brain cells vital energy source glucose. This state can occur long before the onset of diabetes so everyone must be vigilant.
Tip #3: Avoid Aluminum. Aluminum is one of the undesirable heavy metals that have been found in excess in persons with Alzheimer’s. Some common sources are commercial antiperspirants, TUMS (antacids), aluminum cookware, anti-dandruff shampoos, baking powder and foil used for cooking.
Tip #4: Exercise Daily. Exercise is believed to slow down the onset and progression of many diseases, those of the brain being no exception. How many reasons do we need!
Tip #5: Keep the Brain Active. Challenging your brain to constantly learn things keeps it healthy and is thought to ward of dementia. You may opt for fancy games as offered through companies like LUMINOSITY (with a phone APP to boot) or simply enjoy learning a new musical instrument or language.
Tip #6: Avoid Mercury. There are many good reasons to avoid this extremely toxic compound other than just prevention of brain diseases. Luckily amalgam fillings that contain mercury are being phased out. However, existing fillings can continue to release it into your system when chewing or drinking hot liquids. Having them safely removed by a holistic dentist may be a good idea. Other common sources are fish like most salmon and tuna as well as vaccinations. Safer fish are Pacific Halibut, Herring, Mackerel, Mullet, Pollock, Sardines, Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and Caribbean Tilapia.
Tip #7: Get Plenty of Antioxidants Daily. Antioxidants protect all your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals that can be destructive. There are tons of great sources but of particular interest when it comes to brain health are blueberries.
Tip #8: Avoid Brain Toxins or Irritants. The preservative MSG and the artificial sweetener aspartame are of particular concern. If you are not checking your labels, MSG is likely lurking in your spices, soups and sauces. If you buy foods marketed as low-fat or eat most commercial chewing gums, you are likely ingesting aspartame.
Tip #9: Avoid Medications that Damage the Brain. While many might be considered, I encourage you to read my recent poignant article on Anti-Depressants and Brain Damage. You will find it on my website.
Tip #10: Beware that contact sports like hockey, football or boxing can cause injury to the brain.